The George Floyd Billboard Campaign Committee displayed "FLOYD", an original painting depicting the death of George Floyd, on billboards in major cities around the country. It was displayed in Times Square, New York City, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. The committee is comprised of professionals in the arts from diverse disciplines committed to using art to bring about social change.
"FLOYD" was painted in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and BLM protests by Don Perlis, a 79-year-old lifelong New Yorker and social activist.
He debuted his painting of Floyd's murder at the Greenkill Gallery in Kingston, New York in July 2020. The painting was chosen by the committee because of its depiction of an event that had a global impact. According to Perlis the painting "conveys the entire tragedy in an instant. The painting would be a tribute to Floyd and a strong reminder that the crime is repeated every day across the USA and needs to be stopped."
Perlis' paintings have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, and Art News. His work has been exhibited in the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum of Art and the National Museum in Poland.
For more information go to https://floydjusticebillboard.org .
- Lee LaPlante
- Laura Tabachnik
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